I contour every day. These days, I have about 20 minutes total to do my makeup before I need to be out the door. I realize 20 minutes may seem like a lifetime to some of you who aren’t ?all about that base? (that was a makeup joke), but for someone who does a full face of makeup 90% of the time, that’s not a lot of time to work with. In fact, all of the time is pretty much accounted for. I like to wear a full face, but I cannot spend much time doing any one task… even contouring. That’s why I’ve come to develop a method for everyday contour in 2 minutes.
I spend about 7 minutes on the eyes – blend, blend, blend – then I move on to my foundation and concealer (3 minutes). After that, I take 3 minutes to put on my brows (because #onfleek… do people say that anymore?). Then I contour, apply blush and highlighter, which takes about 4 minutes total. The remaining 3 minutes is spent applying lipstick and setting my face with powder and/or setting spray.
I’ll save my everyday face makeup for another time, because today is all about the everyday contour routine, using the NYX Wonder Stick (a contouring favorite).
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Everyday Contour Routine
All you’ll need for this everyday contour routine is the NYX Wonder Stick and a stippling brush. I recommend starting with this product (or a similar one) because it’s inexpensive, and it’s so easy to use. I prefer this method and product for everyday contour over powder products.
Step 1: Everyday Contour Application
Take the bronzer side of the NYX Wonder Stick and draw a line from the top of the inner ear (don’t worry, refer to the photo below to see what I’m talking about here) until just under the apple of the cheek. Then make a triangle by drawing a line from the bottom of the inner ear to where your first line stopped under the apple of the cheek. Do this on both sides, obviously.
With the same bronzer side, draw short lines around the hairline, connecting the two cheek contour triangles. It’s easy, trust me. Do the same around the jawline.
If you want, you can draw vertical lines under the chin to add more shadow, if needed. I’ve made a few batches of cookies lately, so I need it. 😉
Then, you can draw straight lines on both sides of your nose, if you like. I don’t do this everyday, but I wanted to do it for demonstration purposes. You can cap the lines at the end of your nose, too. This will help the nose appear more slender and button-like.
Side Note: If I look dead to the world in these photos, it’s because it was 5 am and there was no caffeine in my system.
Done! Now on to blending.
Step 2: Everyday Contour Blending
Basically, all you’re going to do is take your stippling brush and dab it across the areas you applied product. For the nose, I usually choose to just use my ring fingers and dab the area until it’s blended. If you don’t have a stippling brush – FEAR NOT – just use your fingers. Easy peasy.
Step 3: Highlighting
If you actually have some color to your skin, highlighting may be your next step. Put the cap on the bronzer end of your NYX Wonder Stick and pop open the yellow(ish) side. Use the flat sides to make lines in the shape of an upside down triangle under your eyes.
Then, use the sharp edge to draw a small line down the middle of your nose.
Switch back to flat edge and draw a rainbow in the middle of your forehead. 🙂
Step 4: Highlight Blending
Use your fingers, a makeup sponge, or wipe off your stippling brush and blend the highlight into your skin. Remember – simple dabbing motion.
Step 5: DONE
That’s it. Seriously. After this, I apply my blush and move on my merry way. I know this seems really overwhelming, but I promise you once you get it down it will not take you more than 2 minutes to do.
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